REEDY, WILLIAM HENRY JR. Name: William Henry Reedy Jr. Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E4 Unit: Date of Birth: 29 September 1947 Home City of Record: MERCED CA Date of Loss: 16 January 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 183657 North 1071258 East Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C1A Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: seven others, rescued Refno: Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. 2015 REMARKS: A/C OVRBD 7 RESCUED CACCF/CRASH/NON-AIRCREW No further information available at this time.
|Date:||Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:41:13 +0000|
|From:||William M. Killian|
On January 16, 1968, LT Orville D. Cooley, a 9 year Navy veteran from Seward, Nebraska, was the pilot of a U.S. Navy Grumman C-1A Trader that crashed upon launch from the USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). Due to previous rainfall which made the deck wet, upon break release, the aircraft drifted to the starboard, veering sharply to the port and striking the Fresnel lens installation as it continued over the port side, crashing into the sea. The aircraft was a carrying visiting U.S. Senators to shore when the crash occurred. The senators were among the seven survivors but unfortunately LT Cooley was not among those who survived. His remains were not found. Also lost in this incident were co-pilot LCDR William J. Thompson and passenger A03 William H. Reedy Jr. Their bodies were also not recovered. The catapult and arresting gear officer who frequently flew on the C-1A (call name Pawtucket 69) stated that LT Cooley had not slept for two days before his accident and should not have been assigned to fly the morning of the 16th. LT Cooley was 30 years-old at the time of his death. He was the loving father of Wallace and Molly Cooley who were 2 years-old and 6 months old at the time, as well as a caring husband to his widowed wife, Elizabeth. [Taken from togetherweserved.com]
William M. Killian
Social Studies Department Co-Chair